DIRECTOR OF DATA CENTER SERVICES
Infrastructure is the stuff no one cares about until it breaks. No normal human being ever thinks about it…unless you’re Chris Elliott. What gets him out of bed in the morning is the thought of working on the equipment that literally powers a company’s information. But a data power trip is not what gets him excited – it’s his passion for teaching and creative problem-solving. Chris’ favorite part of his job is educating his clients on how tailor-made infrastructure solutions can benefit their individual businesses. His love of teaching isn’t much of a surprise since both his parents are retired school teachers.
Chris grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, a unique and diverse community just a stone’s throw from Manhattan. The musical culture of the town (think jazz musicians and opera singers) and the nearby artistic powerhouse of NYC impacted him; however, as the son of a math teacher, Chris excelled in math and sciences and gravitated toward engineering. Even from an early age, he was concerned about budget and schedule! After playing basketball, baseball, and the trumpet in high school, Chris attended the University of Virginia, chosen for its affordability and academic strength (“I wanted to maximize the ROI of my education”). At the time he matriculated, UVa was considered the top public school in the country. Chris also appreciated the natural and architectural beauty of the region; the main grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s university are considered one of the architectural marvels of the world. After graduation, Chris returned to the New York area; he rounded out his bachelor’s degree with an MBA in Technology Management.
Graduating at the height of the dot-com bubble, Chris leveraged his AutoCAD skills to break into the field of telecommunications. He performed design work to deploy building infrastructure, enabling high-speed information access for tenants. He then seized an opportunity to work for Turner Construction, working with a number of financial services and pharmaceutical customers to help manage the construction of large scale on-premise data centers. In his fourteen years at a New York City based IT infrastructure consultancy, CS Technology, Chris rose the ranks to become a principal in the organization. He led initiatives for financial services, healthcare, and higher education clients to analyze, construct, and optimize engineering systems supporting critical IT infrastructure for business operations. Now as Director of the Data Center Services group with e3i, Chris providing engineering solutions to optimize client data center physical infrastructure. His leadership help’s e3i’s clients mitigate business risk, improve technical and financial performance, and align data center portfolios with long-term demand. He must communicate complicated, technical engineering solutions to client staff who needs to understand their own infrastructure, but don’t do this for a living. Chris views this type of consulting as a form of teaching and mentoring clients, which brings him back to his roots: a love of education.
They say you can’t go home again, but that’s exactly what Chris did. He purchased his childhood home in Teaneck and lives there today with his wife, son, and daughter. His own creative outlet is cooking. He loves to eat and create good food for his family and is inspired by his travels across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Sitting back on the porch with a nice glass of wine and his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at his feet, Chris dreams of a UVa basketball championship...and about being a scratch golfer.
Stevens Institute of Technology, Master of Business Administration
University of Virginia, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Information Technology Infrastructure